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Istanbul: City Transport Card for Bus, Metro, Tram & Ferries

1. Istanbul: City Transport Card for Bus, Metro, Tram & Ferries

Experience Istanbul stress-free with a pre-charged travel card for public transport networks throughout the city. Travel on the metro, trams, buses, and ferries to experience the city like a local. Using your ticket is easy: simply swipe it at the entrance machines at each station of tram, metro, or public ferry boat. Your ticket will be validated upon each use and can be used for 5 or 10 rides depending on the option you book. Your card will be delivered before your arrival at your hotel located in the Sultanahmet or Taksim areas. After booking, the local partner will send you a separate email with a city map and an e-booklet with discounts for attractions and activities in Istanbul.

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Istanbul: Bus and Boat City Tour

2. Istanbul: Bus and Boat City Tour

Discover the best of Istanbul with a combination package that includes a panoramic city tour and a boat tour from the Bosphorus. This ticket is valid for 1 day, during which you can join the tours as often as you’d like at the available times. You are free to join the tours on the same day within the ticket time limit. Istanbul Panoramic City Tour:On the 90-minute sightseeing tour, you will witness stunning panoramic views of the city as you pass Galata Bridge, where you can see the iconic Galata Tower and the majestic Dolmabahce Palace. During the tour, listen to fascinating stories from your live guide on Byzantine and Ottoman times when you pass by Taksim Square, Golden Horn, the Historical Peninsula, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and much more. Bosphorus Boat Tour:Sit back and relax as the 90-minute boat tour takes you to the Asian and European shores. Enjoy the beautiful skyline as you pass historical sites, palaces, fortresses, and the Bosphorus bridges, becoming fully enchanted by the scenery. Witness famous sights of Istanbul from the historical waterway and cruise along the famous Bosphorus, which separates Europe and Asia.

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Istanbul Food on Foot Tour

3. Istanbul Food on Foot Tour

On this guided walking food tour you will travel around Eminonu, its intricate alleyways and hidden corners and go off the beaten paths while eating and enjoying most of delicious food tastings. With this culinary walk, you will visit bakeries, pastry shops and Turkish pizza restaurants as well as eating a bowl of traditional soup; sharing Turkish-style breakfast with a black tea; tasting a freshly baked bagel; stopping by a local restaurant for sampling an authentic Turkish pizza; or finding some artisan’s shops to visit and mingle with locals picking up their daily products from the markets in a labyrinth of streets. It will be all about real people, real food, and real places. A visit to the Spice Market followed by Asian part of Istanbul. This indoor market features shops offering a variety of spices, flavored teas, Turkish delight, and nuts, as well as ceramics, household goods, small souvenirs, and more. As soon as you enter, you’ll marvel at the colors and aromas of Turkish food offerings.

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Private Flexible Tour Through Istanbul: Guide Only

4. Private Flexible Tour Through Istanbul: Guide Only

Hire a professional tour guide to take you where you want in Istanbul. During the full-day excursion you can discover Istanbul by visiting places from a sample itinerary, or choose your own route. Following a hotel pick-up at approximately 09:00, your guide, who will speak the language of your choice, will lead you through the city’s iconic districts to landmarks such as the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and Hagia Sophia. Along the way they will provide you with interesting facts about the landmarks you visit. You can take a relaxing cruise on the Bosphorus, the famous body of water that separates Europe from Asia. Soak up the bustling atmosphere of the Grand Bazaar and shop for some unique souvenir gifts, or take in the scents and colors of the Spice Bazaar. Explore some of the lesser known sights, such as the Little Hagia Sophia Mosque, Fethiye Mosque, and New Mosque. Or get right to the heart of Istanbul at the vibrant Taksim Square, and learn about its long and diverse history at attractions such as Galata Tower. The choice is yours, and you can tour at your own pace, avoiding the waits that can sometimes occur during organized group tours.

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Istanbul: Full-Day Highlights Tour

5. Istanbul: Full-Day Highlights Tour

Experience the cultural diversity on this guided walking tour through the Old City, Sultanahmet and Taksim. Get closer to top landmarks, discover local markets and taste Turkish Delights. Explore the highlights of Istanbul and gain insider knowledge from your expert guide. Itinerary: Old City Sultanahmet to Grand Bazaar Explore the highlights of Ottoman and Byzantine heritage including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace Garden. Along the 15 min walk to the Grand Bazaar, explore sights off the traditional tourist path, offering unique historical secrets and one of a kind Instagram spots. Lunch break Grand Bazaar to Spice Market Enjoy a Turkish tea, capture amazing pictures from rooftops, visit a local food market and try spices, herbs and Turkish Delights. Break for refreshments Tunnel Square, via Taksim area to Galata Tower Follow in the footsteps of the Italian, Greek, Jewish, Austrian, Russian and German cosmopolitan cultures which once resided here and discover famous sites such as the Galata Tower, Dervish Lodge and Tunnel Square. Marvel at the most colorful European Istanbul shopping street and admire neo-classical and art nouveau architecture, passing by old book shops, art galleries, vibrant street art, the flower passage, the fish market, consulate buildings from past centuries and stunning churches. After the tour you will get insider tips from your expert guide and can go up the Galata Tower or visit the Dervish Lodge.

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Istanbul: Full-Day Small Group Bosphorus Cruise with Lunch

6. Istanbul: Full-Day Small Group Bosphorus Cruise with Lunch

Enjoy a full-day guided group tour of the Bosphorus District which is the most charming part of the city of Istanbul. Upon your pick-up from the hotel you will visit; Dolmabahce Palace: which was the principle residence and the administration center of the Turkish Ottoman Empire in the 19th century.Then drive across the Bosphorus Bridge which is the first intercontinental one in the world to connect Europe to Asia. Head for the summit of Camlica Hill or Yeditepe on the Asian side to enjoy an amazing panoramic view of the city of Istanbul. Rumeli Fortress; Rumelihisari (also knowen as Rumelian Castle and Rumeli Hissar Castle) is a fortress located in the Sariyer district of Istanbul,Turkey,on a hill in the European side of the Bosphorus. Bosphorus Cruise: A traditional excursion by boat along the waterway seperating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion you will pass the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavillions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of marble facade facing the shore.The Rustempasa Mosque was designed by Ottoman Imperial architect Mimar Sinan. Lastly, visit the spice bazaar( Egyptian Bazaar). The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other concievable herb and spice.

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Istanbul Personalized Tour and Private Guide 1-3 Days

7. Istanbul Personalized Tour and Private Guide 1-3 Days

Discover the extraordinary sights of Istanbul according to your own itinerary with a private guide for 1-3 days. Straddling 2 continents on the Bosphorus Straits, Istanbul was the capital of the Roman Empire and later Ottoman Empire. Today it’s the largest city in Turkey, and one of the most populous cities in the world with about 15 million inhabitants. Choose the attractions you want to see according to your own schedule, and avoid getting lost in the crowd. Guides can be booked for 1, 2 or 3 days, with the option to add on private transportation to transfer you from location to location at speed. Must-see monuments include the iconic Blue Mosque, former mosque of the Hagia Sophia, and stunning subterranean Basilica Cistern. Soak up the exciting atmosphere of the Grand Bazaar, and the enticing aromas of the Spice Market. Learn the history of Istanbul at Ottoman palaces, such as Dolmabahce Palace, and the former residence of the sultans at Topkapi Palace. Go to the imperial Suleymaniye Mosque, or admire the 17th-century Yeni Cami (New Mosque). See the Medieval Galata Tower in the Karaköy quarter, or the Byzantine frescoes of the Chora Museum. Explore some of Istanbul’s fabled neighborhoods, such as Taksim, and wander down busy Istiklal Street. Enjoy picturesque views from Pierre Lottie Hill. Discover the remains of the old city walls, or go to the Archaeology Museum to see ancient Islamic art and Roman artifacts. These are just a few of the things you can do on your tour. A guide will be provided in the language of your choice. By request the guide can assist with pre-booking tickets to the most popular attractions.

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Istanbul: Taksim and Galata 2-Hour Walking Tour

8. Istanbul: Taksim and Galata 2-Hour Walking Tour

Wander through the neighborhoods of Taksim and Galata on this 2-hour walking tour. Witness the city's European influences and learn about Istanbul's cultural diversity from a local guide. See popular attractions and photo-worthy spots as you explore the city. Meet your guide at the exit of the second oldest metro in the world at Tunnel Square. From here, step into the footsteps of the Italian, Greek, Jewish, Austrian, Russian, and German cosmopolitan cultures which once resided in these neighborhoods. Stroll along and discover famous sites such as the Galata Tower, the Dervish Lodge, and Tunnel Square. Marvel at the colorful, European-style shopping street and admire neoclassical and art nouveau architecture as you pass by old book shops, art galleries, vibrant street art, the flower passage, the fish market, consulate buildings from past centuries, and stunning churches. Your tour ends at Galata Tower. From there you will be given valuable advice on how to explore Istanbul in the best way possible, as well as gain insider tips about must-visit places off the beaten tourist path. Your friendly guide will also point you in the direction of where you can find the tastiest dinners and the hot spots for nightlife in Istanbul.

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Istanbul: Galata – Genoese Walking Tour

9. Istanbul: Galata – Genoese Walking Tour

The 3-hour tour takes place in the afternoon. Start with pickup from your hotel and then begin your tour by walking through the vibrant streets to the imposing Galata Tower. In the Byzantine period, the hillside where Galata now stands was covered with orchards and was named Sykai (The Fig Orchard), or Peran en Sykais (The Fig Field on the Other Side). It still commands impressive views of the Golden Horn. You will hear myths and legends, and learn the history of how Galata became a Genoese colony from the 6th to the 15th century. Today the area is awash with churches and synagogues, colorful stores and ancient walls, and your guide will provide you with fascinating facts as you stroll through the ancient streets and walk the winding Camondo Steps.

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Istanbul: Food Tour around Galata and Karakoy Neighborhoods

10. Istanbul: Food Tour around Galata and Karakoy Neighborhoods

Meet your local expert guide in Karakoy Port for a culinary adventure in Istanbul. Learn all the rich history of Turkey's world-famous cuisine simultaneously with your ears and taste buds. Sample all kinds of street food, from superb Turkish pastries, doner kebab and authentic baklava, to the fishmongers' best and grill joints. Finally, treat yourselves to some authentic Turkish coffee. Start your walking tour on a route leading up the hill to the Galata Tower area and famous Beyoglu. Explore the cobbled streets, historic alleyways, and vibrant food culture. Learn about the area's stunning architecture inspired by Europe and compare it with oriental Sultanahmet. As you visit traditional food stores try delicious treats, such as olives and cheese. There will be plenty of other food sampled along the way as well, such as: desserts, Turkish delight, simit, Turkish tea, mezes, , delicatessen stops, pastrami, clotted cream, and more. Afterwards, you can choose to spend some more time in Galata or follow your guide back to the original meeting point.

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What people are saying about Galata Tower

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 117 reviews

Ideal if you live in an area where you can also have it delivered to the hotel. This card quickly becomes essential because Istanbul is built on 7 hills and even two stations can be enough to spare. Quite complicated bus system (there are a lot of them), the tram is excellent and very practical like the metro. Note that the price differs according to the mode of transport and that in addition you must repay for each connection. Tramway in extension works. The whole system is very clean, very safe, very efficient. Once the credit has been used up, the card can be recharged with tickets at metro or tram stations in particular.

My guide Borek was excellent! Since I was the only one taking the tour that day he was able to show me so much of the food culture in Istanbul while walking! We had a great tour, through Taksim, the Spice Bazaar in the Old City and also crossed to the Asian side of Istanbul via ferry for lunch! We tried so many foods, and he is very knowledgeable and patient and made sure I got back to my hotel safely! I would recommend this tour to anyone coming to Istanbul! 5 stars! Keep it up!

Delivered to my hotel in an envelope in my name with directions to validate the card with the code hes on the internet. Easy and fast and the card is already credited. What more ! Thank you

My tour guide Mevhibe was excellent, very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. Had good tips to save us money.

Excellent delivery service directly to the hotel despite the last minute booking on the site again thank you